Classes

Flameware at Home

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 30 - December 11  (6 classes)*Flameware by Diane Lulek
Days/Times: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:
Dennis McLaughlin

Course Description: Do you enjoy cooking with your own clay creations? This class offers challenges in designing and executing versatile cooking vessels that are both elegant and practical. Flameware is uniquely formulated for use directly on a stove top burner or in a preheated oven. Careful attention will be made in emphasizing design elements that bring together form and function. The class projects have been developed so the work can be made in a minimally equipped home studio setting. Both Flameware clay and glazing/firing opportunities will be available through the Harvard Ceramics Studio for the class. Photo shown: Flameware by Diane Lulek, HCP Staff.

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Input | Output with Fabio Fernández

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 27 - December 1 (6 classes)Fabio Fernandez
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Fabio Fernández

Course description: As an antidote to making in isolation, this course will give studio artists an opportunity to build community, expand their professional network, and learn about the broader field of ceramics. Students will also gain valuable insights into technical and conceptual aspects of their work in a supportive environment. Fernández will present the work of artists using ceramics in both traditional and innovative ways and introduce shared readings and resources via Google Classroom. Students will be invited to share their work during class in order to receive constructive feedback from their peers and instructor. Topics may include how we develop and convey ideas and present our work to others.

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Surface and Form at Home

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Kathy KingSession 2: October 29 - December 10 (6 classes)* 
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Kathy King

Course description: Join Harvard Ceramics Program Director Kathy King in exploring hand building techniques that will provide the canvas for surface design. Whether carving on the clay itself, utilizing basic slips or underglazes to use at home, students will explore composition, narrative and build a vocabulary of imagery and/or pattern systems. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques including sgraffito, mishima, impressed patterns and a few other surprises!

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Hip Hop

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Aysha Upchurch
Informally titled “Groovology,” this class will focus on the groove and bounce so important to Hip Hop and Street Dance. From a basic two step to new party/social dances, play with and understand musicality, groundedness, and improvisation -- essential ingredients to Hip Hop dance's swag (in its Africanist aesthetic lineage). We will travel from funk to R&B, old school to new school Hip Hop, and other styles of popular music to develop and push our musical ear and body so they can embrace groove confidently. Each class include a conditioning warm-up, spotlight on a groove, and short combinations to sharpen sequencing/choreography skills. (Please note that commercial choreography is not a central component of class, though short routines will help students gain building blocks to help them pick up sequences and define their own style.)
Day/Time: T,  7-8pm ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet or sneakers recommended.... Read more about Hip Hop

Conditioning: Strength & Stretch

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
Level: All levels
Instructor: Lonnie Stanton
Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes
A conditioning class with a Yoga base that will focus on a new area of the anatomy each week and build to a short yogic sequence. The sequence will connect like a concise dance phrase based on the weekly theme with each class ending in a movement sentence that includes toning options and stretching. 
Day/Time: W, 7:30-8:30pm ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of flooring. A yoga or exercise mat, towel, or carpet is recommended for comfort. 
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.

Bharatanatyam II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
Level: II
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
For students who have taken Bharatanatyam I or have other previous experience with the form. Bharatanatyam II will build on the intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces for small spaces.
Day/Time: T, 6-7pm ET
What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3' of hard flooring.
Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear, e.g. leggings, long t-shirts or tunics. Bare feet recommended.

Setting Up Your Home Studio Mini-Course

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
 Sesssion 2: October 29, November 5 and 12 (3 classes)Ben Eberle Kiln
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Ben Eberle

Course Description:

In the past six months, artists have faced being isolated from their community studios and some are beginning to think about moving from making art on the kitchen table to something a bit more permanent - a home studio. In this 3-part mini-course, studio potter Ben Eberle will walk us through setting up a home studio. Topics to be discussed will incude purchasing of equipment and furniture, sink use (or what to do if there is no sink access), electric kiln installation and simple repairs and best practice for recycling clay. Students will bring their own questions and concerns to the table and will soon by on their way to working productively at home!

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Narrative Photography with Harvard Undergraduate Students

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 15 - October 6 (4 classes)Narrative Photography
Session 2: October 13 - November 3 (4 classes)
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced Harvard Undergraduates only
Instructor: Anne Eder - read an interview with Anne Eder on the Harvard Arts Blog.
Course description:Working within the framework of photography, students will use their smartphone camera to document the world around them. Documenting personal narratives is important work as it will become part of the history of this time. We will begin with an intimate COVID portraiture/documentary project that speaks to confinement, environment and family. We will then explore a more imaginative and illustrative approach to visualizing the narrative that they would have preferred or had hoped for, or an alternative fictional story. Builds technical skills and develops visual literacy. No special equipment needed other than a smart phone or camera and an internet connection. Photo credit - Kristen Joy Emack... Read more about Narrative Photography with Harvard Undergraduate Students

Expressive Drawing for Harvard Undergraduate Students

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 14 - October 5th (4 classes) Expressive Drawing
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Traditional drawings communicate the appearance of things from a fixed point of view at a frozen moment in time, whereas expressive drawing is about experiencing life from many points of view all contained in the same surface. Students will learn how the simple act of mark making on paper can serve as an outlet for creative expression. The class will explore examples of historic and contemporary expressionist artists while building their own voice through daily drawing exercises. Students are encouraged to meet on their own for “drawing circles”!

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Mindful Making for Harvard Undergraduates

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 12 - November 2 (4 classes) Mindful Making
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced - Harvard Undergraduate Students Only
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Take a pause from the hustle and bustle of life to nurture creativity. Creative activity can significantly lessen stress in the body, regardless of the artistic experience or talent. Each class focuses on one of the core mindfulness practices. Explore a range of modes of self-expression including collage, drawing, playing with words, writing poetry, papier-mâché and salt dough sculpting.

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By Hand at Home with Deighton Abrams

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 9 – October 14 (6 classes)abrams_handbuilding_weblow.jpg
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Join 2020-21 Artist in Residence Deighton Abrams in exploring hand building with clay from home. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques.

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Preparing for the Harvest

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 11 – October 16  (6 classes)Denny McLaughlin Lidded Jar
Days/Times: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:
Dennis McLaughlin

Course Description:

Fall brings thoughts of harvest and all the ceramic vessels that come with it to serve this bounty. Join Denny McLaughlin as focuses on creating work for the table including lidded casseroles, serving dishes, pitchers and more! Both hand-building and wheel-thrown methods of making will be demonstrated.

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Interdisciplinary Projects

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 26 – November 30 (6 classes)Anne Eder
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description:

Boundaries between mediums and disciplines have become less distinct and more permeable as image makers increasingly turn to sculpture and installation as vehicles for self-expression, and those making three-dimensional work incorporate imagery. This class is a forum for experimentation with contemporary art methods of photography, mixed media sculpture, and installation. The focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work such as drafting

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Independent Studio at Home

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Tool BoxSession 2: October 26 – December 9 (6 weeks)
Day/Time:
N/A

Level: Independent - Advanced
Instructor: N/A

Course Description: Independent Studio at Home is intended for participants in the Boston area who are not enrolling in Fall 2020 online Ceramics Program course, but would like to access bisque and/or glaze-firing opportunities at the Ceramics Program. This option includes firing and studio glazes for up to 10,000 cubic inches of bisque and/or glaze work for the 6-week session. Cubic inches will be tracked for bisque and glaze firings, and cubic inch totals in excess of 10,000 cubic inches will be billed to you at 3 cents per cubic inch. We are offering electric kiln firing up to cone 6, and cone 10 gas reduction and soda vapor firings. Other firing temperatures can be arranged. A Google Sheets signup form and detailed instructions for scheduling greenware drop off and glaze sessions will be emailed at the start of the semester. ... Read more about Independent Studio at Home

Expressive Sculpture

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Deighton AbramsSession 2: October 26 – November 30 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Mondays, 2pm - 4pm (EST)
Level:
Beginning to Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description:

Clay’s responsiveness to touch makes it the ideal medium to sculpt both what we can see with our eyes and new forms that reveal what we can’t.  Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work. Demonstrations will cover several technical considerations in making complex sculptural works with extra attention paid to making work in the home and transporting to the student’s own studio or to the Harvard studio for firing. If time allows, surface techniques with slips and underglazes will be discussed as well as planning for glaze firing.

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